BARAKO Bull big man Mick Pennisi has found himself in great company - albeit, for the wrong reason.
The veteran big man let out a big laugh when told that he was given special mention in an ESPN.go article about the different kinds of 'flops' in basketball, his name bunched with NBA superstars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, and Derrick Rose.
In a blog written by Beckley Mason in the wake of a crackdown on flopping in the NBA, Pennisi's name was listed under the 'Delayed Ball Flop' list, his hilarious flop after being thrown the basketball by former Petron Blaze import Will McDonald last March 21 during the PBA Commissioner’s Cup supposedly enough to merit him a category all his own.
"Mick Pennisi of the PBA deserves his own category. No fine is needed here; the international embarrassment should be punishment enough," the entry said.
Here's a video of the play, which has generated millions of views on YouTube and made the rounds of sports shows in the US.
Sought for comment by Spin.ph after Barako Bull's 102-86 loss to Alaska on Sunday night, the 6-10 slotman laughed and said: “As a player, I just had to do what I had to do to help my team win.
“People have a different point of view on the game. They see things differently on what happens on the court,” he added.
Pennisi, though, insisted that he rarely flopped during his 12-year PBA career.
“Very rarely do you see me flop. So that’s a very isolated case. It’s just one of those things I had to do because I want to stay in the game and help my team win,” explained the sweet-shooting Barako Bull big man.
Lost in renewed interest in his infamous flop was a personal milestone he achieved against Petron: the 700th career three-point field goal he made during the first quarter.
Pennisi, 37, became only the eighth player to achieve the feat in league history, joining an elite list that included PBA legends Allan Caidic and Ronnie Magsanoc.